Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Lumineux Chocolate - Tanzania - 75% Dark Chocolate (bar) - Aug. 1, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Lumineux Chocolate
Tanzania - 75% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++ 
Weight: .9 oz. (25 g.) / 1.8 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 130 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.00 for 1 bar ($40.00 USD for 5 bars)
Purchased from: Good Food Awards Marketplace, online order

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Tanzania Theme Week.

Today's Tanzania 75% Dark Chocolate (bar) was made by Lumineux Chocolate (Greenville, SC).

This chocolate had a smooth, rich and complex aroma that included chocolate truffles (chocolate ganache, dark chocolate ice cream), sweet green (tree/maple syrup), very faint roasted earth, dark chocolate, and faint, diffuse dried fruit (mild red berry (goji, raspberry) and date/raisin). 

The texture was smooth and the aroma and flavor notes were similar--one transitioning smoothly into the other during the tasting; but, as is almost always the case, there was a deeper dive into richer, bolder chocolate notes after taking a bite, and as it melted.

This chocolate was quite smooth, but had a pleasing complexity as well. I enjoyed the choice the chocolate maker made to go with the slightly darker 75% cacao (vs. 70% or even 72% cacao solids) as this chocolate (Batch 243) seemed to have an inherent, relatively bright, sweetness and warmth to it. 

If you're open to a breakfast or afternoon tea chocolate, this bar might make a nice pairing with a piece of buttered toast or croissant.

Maker's tasting notes: "Raspberry, raisin, cinnamon"

Ingredients: Cocoa nibs, cane sugar, cocoa butter

Allergen-related information: (No information about potential allergens found on packaging. Suggest checking with Lumineux if you have questions.)

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